Scottish interdivisional event on Climate Change

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Climate Change:

What’s Psychology got to do with it?

All eyes will be on Scotland when it hosts the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow later this year. With some of the conference goals focusing on securing global net zero by mid-century and adapting to protect communities and natural habitats, the BPS Scottish Branch wanted to deliver an event for its members which considers the climate crisis and more importantly what psychology and psychologists can contribute professionally over and above what they are already doing personally.  

The event aims to provide an opportunity to hear from a variety of speakers representing the divisions of psychology across Scotland as well as a platform to openly discuss issues raised. Attendees will gain a greater awareness of what psychology can deliver from an individual, leadership and workplace perspective as well as what groups, such as the BPS Steering Group on the Climate and Environmental Crisis, are doing to influence government policy on climate change. 

Historically this event has aimed to deliver a quality event to engage members from all divisions across Scotland. As such, there will also be opportunity to network and a unique opportunity to create a call to action to influence policy and direct future research.

Thu, 23/09/2021 – 10:00am to 2:00pm




Dr Jason Bohan
, Chair Scottish Branch
Tony Wainwright, Chair, BPS Steering Group on the Climate and Environmental Crisis

10:10 Event Purpose & Call to Action
Dr Richard Carmichael
, research associate and co-leader behaviour change in energy and environmental policy Imperial College London 
10:30 Current Climate Change Research & What it’s telling us
Dr Nadine Andrews
, Scottish Government Research Lead
10:50 Trio of themes
Dr Fergus Neville
 and colleagues, Lecturers at St Andrew’s University
Behaviour Change & Social Norms
Collective Action
Conspiracy Theory
11:20 Breakouts to discuss what the Society should be doing in relation to Climate Change
11:35 Screen Break
11:45 The Role of HR and it’s overlap with Occupational Psychology and sharing pro-environmental behaviours in the workplace
Dr Jan Maskell
, Chartered Occupational Psychologist
12:05 Interaction between health and pro-environmental behaviours and concerns
Dr Gozde Ozakinci
, St Andrew’s University and Chair of Division of Health Psychology Scotland
12:25 Breakouts to reflect on the morning and what three things delegates will do as a result of attending this event
12:45 Screen Break
12:55 Speaker’s Expert Panel Discussion and delegate participation in Q&A Session
13:45 Closing Remarks, including invite to delegates to be involved in steering and working groups


Dr. Jan Maskell


Jan works with individuals as a coach and with teams and groups facilitating development and change. She is a Registered Occupational Psychologist with over 20 years’ experience of working with public, private and not-for-profit organisations with a focus on management and leadership development – following her early career in building design. She applies her knowledge and experience of positive psychology, has a passion for learning, and promotes the role of psychology in behaviour change at a personal and organisational level.

She is a Carbon Conversations facilitator and delivers Carbon Literacy Project training as ways to engage with people at work and encourage behaviour change through the process. She works with organisations developing their Environmental Management Systems.Her main concerns are creating personal and organisational resilience, recognising the need to mitigate the impact of climate change and our impact on the environment.

Dr. Fergus Neville

School of Management at the University of St Andrews

‘Thriving when work is tough in Covid and Non-Covid times’

His research examines group processes, including the roles of social identities and social norms in group influence, crowd behaviour, organisations and leadership. Fergus has authored articles in outlets including the European Journal of Social Psychology, PLOSONE, Social Personality & Psychology Compass, Group Processes & Intergroup Relations and the Journal of Community and Applied Psychology and has received funding from research bodies including the ESRC and Home Office.

Dr. Nadine Andrews

Social researcher in the Scottish Government

Nadine works as a social researcher in the Scottish Government, currently leading the research on Scotland’s Climate Citizens’ Assembly. Following a PhD in the psychology of pro-environmental behaviour, she worked in the science team of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change technical support unit for Working Group II (impacts, vulnerability and adaptation) with a focus on social sciences and psychology for the Sixth Assessment Report.

Nadine is a visiting researcher at Lancaster University’s Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business and chair of the Climate Psychology Alliance Scotland. She is also a qualified Mountain Leader, a trained mindfulness teacher and a mindfulness and nature based coach/trainer. In the early part of her career, Nadine spent many years working in various aspects of the music industry, festival management, and in the arts and heritage sector in strategic marketing, organisational development, management research and evaluation, training and facilitation.

Dr. Richard Carmichael

Research Associate within the Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London

Dr. Richard Carmichael is Research Associate within the Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London and is Co-Leader of the Behaviour change in Energy and Environment Policy (‘BEEP’) Research Network. A Chartered Psychologist, his work focusses on consumer engagement, behaviour change and policy for sustainable lifestyles and system change with specific interests that include energy, technology and ICT.

He has 13 years’ experience in post-doctoral research and consultancy, including work for Ofgem and BEIS and authoring the independent report for the CCC, ‘Behaviour change, public engagement and Net Zero’. He is currently exploring several digital tools for more sustainable lifestyles and is project advisor/behavioural expert on several projects for BEIS on societal change for Net Zero.

Dr. Sara Vestergren

Lecturer in Social Psychology at Keele University

Dr. Sara Vestergren is a lecturer in Social Psychology at Keele University. Sara’s main research interest and area of expertise is collective action and the environmental movement, more specifically participation in collective action (e.g. protest participation).

In her research, Sara mainly uses qualitative methods such as ethnographic interviews and reflexive thematic analysis to explore psychological change through participation in collective actions. She has, together with Prof. John Drury at University of Sussex, developed a theory of emergent and enduring change through participation in collective action.

Tony Wainwright

Clinical Psychologist and a senior academic tutor on the Exeter Clinical Psychology Doctorate

Tony is a clinical psychologist and a senior academic tutor on the Exeter Clinical Psychology Doctorate, where he teaches on topics including leadership, policy and ethics. Over the past few years Tony been a member of and has chaired the BPS Ethics Committee and has represented the BPS on the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations’ (EFPA) Board of Ethics, the EFPA Board Human Rights and Psychology, and convened the EFPA Board of Prevention and Intervention (

In these various roles he has dealt with questions concerning the ethics of climate change, and the fall out of the pandemic, racism and oppression, taking forward policy and practice issues in a psychological framework. Tony is delighted to see that the BPS has been developing a stronger advocacy orientation, to engage with public policy in a local and global capacity, to further this urgent international agenda. Tony currently chairs the BPS Steering Group on the Climate and Environmental Crisis and is a member of the Steering Group on Psychology and Human Rights and reports on their work to the Ethics Committee. He also co-chairs the DCP Prevention and Public health subcommittee….


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